Only three more days till I bid farewell to the daily blogging effort I have been putting myself through. I am grateful that I managed to avoid blogging about certain things: the laundry (large neglected piles sobbing in my laundry room), the weather (fleetingly referred to in other contexts), and any weight lost or gained (shameful amounts of chocolate needed to boost inspiration). I enjoyed the feeling of comaraderie with the other Nablo bloggers. I found some great new blogs on the Randomizer. Best of all, I discovered that I can find the time to write daily, while still managing to keep my children fed, not completely neglect my husband and my friends, keep up the day job and occasionally remember to still put on lipstick. I can do it!
So here’s my writing goal for December: I plan to complete a chapter of The Novel. This novel has been haunting me for some years. While pregnant with Ollie I wrote thousands and thousands of words, got so far, fell in hate with my main character (so spineless, so empty, why didn’t I choose a character I LIKED?), left her on the cusp of postnatal depression, where she’s been waiting, bless her, for a couple of years. Then a few months ago, inspired by blogging, I picked up The Novel again. I had what YogaMum describes as A Visit from the Shower Oracle, and decided to tackle the story from the other end, conveniently leaving Ms Main Character still waiting to have her postnatal depression. I have what passes for a beginning and something of an end, and am missing a big old chunk in the middle.
So, to quote Julia Cameron, a writing guru I like, in December I’m going to turn up at the page. I’m going to be there and put some wordage in. I have watched and admired NaNoWriMo bloggers slogging away at their words and I want to be like them. I want to stop toying with The Novel and start working on it. In the name of Nablo Pomo, I pledge to be there, writing in the cracks and corners of my life, just as I have blogged throughout November. You are my witness.